How to submit your Empty Homes Tax declaration

The City's Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax. If you have an enquiry about the Province's tax, please refer to the Province's website  or call 1-833-554-2323.

Vancouver property owners must declare each year – even if you live in your home.

Only one property status declaration is required each year per property.

Failure to declare by the deadline will result in your property being deemed vacant and subject to a tax of 1.25% of its assessed taxable value and a $250 by-law ticket for the 2020 reference year.

The vacancy tax will increase from 1.25% to 3% for the 2021 vacancy reference year.

Empty Homes Tax due dates

Previous years' unpaid tax added to property tax bill: December 31, 2020

Declaration for 2020: February 2, 2021

Empty Homes Tax payment for 2020: April 16, 2021

Late declarations are open  

Ensure you have paid your by-law fine. Failing to pay the fine may affect your credit rating. If you have disputed your by-law notice, please wait for up to two business days before submitting your late declaration.

Your declaration should take approximately five minutes to complete.

You may give permission for someone to submit your declaration on your behalf. Only one declaration is required per property.

What you will need:

Ensure you fulfill the requirements of your property status at the time you declare.

Pay by-law ticket or submit declaration 

Need to confirm your declaration was submitted?

Audit process

Property status declarations will be subject to an audit process, in line with best practices for provincial and federal tax programs. If your property is selected for an audit, you will be asked to provide evidence in support of your declaration.

False declarations will result in fines of up to $10,000 per day of the continuing offense, in addition to payment of the tax.

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